Leadership in my definition is being able to successfully lead anyone into a future of success while lending a hand and trying to help anyone in their path. Throughout my life I 've met and come across many people who have displayed leadership to others. When we think of leaders, it 's typical to think of Barack Obama, Joan of Arc, or Julius Caesar. Of course these people demonstrated history making leadership skills, however, in a small town like Stockbridge I witness a leader first hand every time I come home. My mother is a leader who continuously and persistently displays amazing leadership skills to my siblings, my father, and friends.
The look on their face seems surprised as if the answer is not enough. It is like there is a need to know where I am “really” from. Those several interactions made me look at myself, I did not felt like I was from somewhere else. In my social life I acted similar to my peers, but to others I am different. For the people who were surprised by my answer it did not matter how I acted, I looked foreign to them.
People who fit in one of these three categories often believe that they have earned the privileges and that if other people worked for it, they could also share those privileges. But in actual fact, these privileges are unlearned can’t be earned through hard work. They are simply given to you if you are born into any of the dominant groups, which you have no control over. This is supported by McIntosh (1988) “I have noticed men’s unwillingness to grant that they are over-privileged in the curriculum, even though they may grant that women are disadvantaged” (pg. 11) as well as Lorde (1984) “As women, we have been taught either to ignore our differences or to view them as causes for separation and suspicion rather than as forces for change” (pg.
Coming to Job Corps made me realize a lot about myself including how much potential I have within myself. Before coming here I wasn’t as focused as I should have been when it comes to me getting my education. Leaving school early or just not showing up at all became a routine for me. The school I was attending wasn’t as good of a school to even want to show up at. The kids there was very disrespectful which made it hard for those who wanted to learn.
However, many people think that with approval respect follows, and that’s not how it turns out in many cases. Society has made people believe that by being materialistic or by trying to compete with one another approval will eventually come. Even though this is what people may think, they sometimes forget that by trying to accomplish something they’re not, respect is lost tremendously in the process. I have never been the type to take offense or worry about what people have to say about me because I’ve always put myself and what matters first, you can call it selfish, but that’s how things get accomplished. Whether it has been helping those who are less fortunate, successfully accomplishing an educational goal, or just by being accepted for who I am, it has brought me self acceptance.
At first the feelings about our clinical were not spoken outright and could be seen as withdrawal. As we became more comfortable with our clinical instructor and each other, the group became more open with their feelings about the clinical experience. The overall consensus was that we felt like we could be of more use and in turn learn more in a different clinical setting. In short, we didn't like our placement and what opportunities it afforded us. When I took a step back to assess the situation, I understood that our negative feelings were stemming from our unfulfilled expectations.
During a this fall semester I made a decision that I am not proud of and felt guilt when i was confronted about it. When writing an outline for an assignment I copy and pasted a couple of points that weren’t mine. And I used them in the assignment as if they were mine. I knew that it wasn’t right of me being a critical thinker but I did it anyway not thinking about the consequences of my actions. When I was confronted about my decision that I made I wasn’t angry or frustrated with the academic consequences I was disappointed with myself and not thinking through my actions.
This course has also expanded on different aspects of adaptive leadership such as: disequilibrium, diversity, running experiments, and the four KLC competencies of civic leadership. Two of the biggest takeaways I have gained through course are being able to tell a technical problem from an adaptive problem, and learning of the four KLC competencies. My ideas of ideal leadership were very basic and elementary when I first began this course. I was very stuck on trait theory and the functional approach as most people think that leaders are born and not made, and that by completing tasks a leader would do then you are looked at as being a leader. I believe this is due largely to my playing of competitive team sports as this is where trait theory and the functional approach can be largely seen for a lot
It is also important to mention that it is never just one single person. To be a successful leader I also agree that one needs to have certain characteristic and skills. A leader needs to be able to simple lead, as you have stated. They need to direct and guide people to fulfill shared goals. Communication is also another huge skill.